Taupo Fly Fishing Report 2 December 2013

Posted by admin on December 1, 2013

We’ve had such a great start to the summer season that many are saying it feels like late January fishing instead of late November.

There are more smelt around than we’ve seen in about five years and most fish caught on the lake edges are chock full of them.  Walk around Boat Harbour or the local boat ramps and you can see  big schools of smelt and the trout carving through them like supercharged mini-Tarpon.

The local Taupo fly fishing is going great with lots of fish now looking up for smaller dries. There are no Terrestrials yet but we are hearing Cicadas everywhere which is awesome and there are lots of Green Beetles being seen and Brown Beetles in the evenings.  The humid weather has been great for the Caddis hatches with this humid calm weather at the start of last week.  There were some beautiful fish caught last week on the Tongariro in the evenings, with some good Brownies over five pounds coming in.


In Taupo we are so lucky to have dozens of wonderful backcountry streams and rivers all within a drive of anywhere from 10 minutes to one and a half hours.  This gives us amazing options for day trips in every direction.  The backcountry fishing seems to be heating up with fish in active feeding positions providing some good sight fishing opportunities.    Make a good point to carefully approach pools to see if any fish can be spotted before your first cast as fish seem to be taking up feeding position both at the bottom and tops of pools.   A minute or two to assess the pool first could pay dividends.  Mayfly nymph imitations are working well as well as bedhead flies such as beadhead Hare & Copper. 

We had a windy weekend which was bad luck for the 10,000 + cyclists who were here for the Great Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, where teams and individuals cycle 160 kms round our beautiful lake (the size of Singapore).  There was also a lot of action for mountain bikers with a number of great events.  If you are into cycling of any sort then plan your next fly fishing trip to coincide with this great event as its ranked as one of the best in the world.

We have sun in Taupo tomorrow with rain predicted on Wednesday for about a week.  This will get late spawners up the rivers and stir up our stillwaters a little too.

Until next time, tight lines and good luck! Remember to send us any photos or stories via our Facebook page or Twitter account or Google+.

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